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Podcasts in Plex is out of Beta



Plex announced that Podcasts in Plex is out of Beta. They have added some highly-requested features to it. Some of those features include On Deck, personalized recommendations, variable speed playback and a customizable home screen.

Podcasts in Plex now offers offline support. It allows you to configure your favorite podcasts for offline listening.

You can download single episodes with a single tap or set up a smart rule to make sure you have enough of your favorite podcasts for your flight or commute, and listen to them offline. This feature is for mobile, only.

You can now migrate your existing list of podcasts over to Plex, using their OPML import feature. This feature is available on iOS, Android, or the web. According to Plex, “there’s a pretty good chance that your ex-favorite podcast app lets you export your feeds in this format, and you can now import the all into Plex in a single bound.”

Plex podcasts are now available on more devices, including Chromecast, Sonos, and Android Auto.


Podcast Movement Announces Podcast Movement 2019



Podcast Movement 2018 just finished, but there is more to look forward to. Podcast Movement has announced that Podcast Movement 2019 will be in Orlando, Florida. It will take place August 13-19, 2019. Those who attended Podcast Movement 2018 may have received an email about this.

Podcast Movement is excited to announce that we will be in Orlando, FL for 2019, at the beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek Resort! Orlando has a lot of hotel and resort options, but we picked this particular venue for a special reason. Yes, the location is fantastic. Yes, the amenities are highly rated.

Registration for PM19 is now open to the public, at prices lower than they will ever be again. If you make your plans now, you could get a standard registration for only $219. The prices will continue to go up, so Podcast Movement 2019 strongly encourages you not to wait any longer than necessary to lock in your registration.

More information and details about Podcast Movement 2019 will appear, periodically, as time goes on. Podcast Movement generally will post more specific information about the podcasters who will take part in the event, those who will host Sessions, and everything else attendees will want to know about. There will likely be a Podcast Movement 2019 website to refer to soon.


Spotify Removed Some Episodes of The Alex Jones Show Podcast



Spotify has a policy regarding Hate Content. In May of 2018, Spotify removed two music artists from the Spotify editorial or algorithmic playlists because Spotify felt that those artists had violated the Hate Conduct policy. Now, Spotify has removed some episodes of The Alex Jones Show podcast.

Variety reported that Spotify had deleted several episodes of the podcast hosted by Alex Jones. He is the founder of InfoWars (which Variety describes as a “conspiracy-theory site”.)

To be clear, Spotify did not remove all episodes of The Alex Jones Show podcast. Variety reported that Spotify “continues to offer dozens of episodes of Jones’ podcast on the service, dating back to at least June 2017.” This situation is similar to that of R. Kelly and XXXTentacion whose music was removed from Spotify owned and operated playlists.

Later, Pitchfork reported that Spotify clarified its Hate Content and Hateful Conduct Policy. According to Pitchfork, at least one of XXXTentacion’s songs had reappeared Spotify’s RapCaviar playlist.

Spotify’s policy update (which was posted by Spotify on June 1, 2018) includes the following: “Spotify does not permit content whose principal purpose is to incite hatred or violence against people because of their race, religion, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. As we’ve done before, we will remove content that violates that standard. We’re not talking about offensive, explicit, or vulgar content – we’re talking about hate speech.”

Rolling Stone reported that Spotify said that Alex Jones was in violation of its policy that bans hate speech. Spotify was quoted as saying: “We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community. Spotify can confirm it has removed specific episodes of The Alex Jones Show podcast for violating our hate content policy.”


Bodies is a Podcast About Women’s Health



Bodies is a podcast from KCRW. It is hosted by Allison Behringer, who also hosted The Intern podcast. Bodies is a documentary series that begins as a medical mystery.

Bodies is hosted, and produced by, Allison Behringer. She is an independent storyteller and podcast producer based in Brooklyn, New York. Bodies is her latest podcast. The About section of that podcast’s website includes the following description:

A few years ago, something happened to my body. All of a sudden, sex became painful. I tried ignoring it, I tried researching it online. My gynecologist said “Lots of women have pain with sex,” and I felt dismissed.

For a long time, I kept this story to myself. But once I started talking about it, I found that this was not an uncommon experience. Many people – especially women – shared health mysteries that set them on long and winding journeys to get an answer.

Each episode of this intimate, highly-produced documentary program follows one person’s journey to solve a mystery about their body.

Bodies explores the forces of history, society and identity that shape women’s health and affect the way the medical community treats people. The Bodies website says: “For so long, women’s health has been under-researched and overlooked. So often, our stories have gone untold and our questions have gone unanswered. Bodies is part of a movement to change that.”

At the time I am writing this blog post, Bodies has released a Trailer and the first episode of the podcast. That episode is called “Sex Hurts”.

There is a Bodies Facebook Group that listeners can join if they want to be part of the conversation. It is a place to ask questions about your body and to share an experience that others should know about. Topics can include painful sex, endometriosis, chronic migraines, mental health, and more.


Subscribe to a Podcast from the Beginning with Cast Rewinder



Cast Rewinder is a service that is currently in beta. It makes it easy for you to subscribe to a podcast from its beginning. This can be extremely helpful for podcast listeners who want to start listening to a podcast that has been producing episodes for several years.

A website called rewind.website runs Cast Rewinder, which was created by Joachim Robert. The idea originates from Brendan Hutchins in the podcast Bitrate, in the June 29, 2018, episode.

Every so often I discover a podcast that sound really great, but it has been publishing episodes for so long that it’s a chore to go back at the beginning.

Now with Cast Rewinder on rewind.website you can subscribe to that podcast and get updates, starting from the beginning. You can set the frequency (monthly, weekly, daily… and even on specified days of the week) and other options, like the feed format or at which episode in the feed to start your discovery.

To use Cast Rewinder, go to the form on the rewind.website. Enter the URL for a feed, or an iTunes or SoundCloud address, and start receiving episodes from that podcast from the beginning.

The data (the podcast feeds) that is collected, mirrored and transmitted by rewind.website belong to its original owners. No RSS feed or any feed content are claimed by the creators and maintainers of rewind.website.

Personally, I think Cast Rewinder is an excellent idea. I am someone who has a tendency to fall behind on listening to podcasts.

There have been times when I considered subscribing to a new one, but didn’t because I felt like I would be missing out on significant information if I didn’t start at the beginning. It is not always possible to go back and get older episodes of a podcast. Cast Rewinder sounds like a good solution for this problem.


The Dog Days of Podcasting Challenge



The Dog Days of Podcasting Challenge is a challenge where podcasters do a podcast every day for 30 days in a row. It will begin on August 1, 2018. The concept reminds me of NaPodPoMo which takes place in November.

In 2012, Kreg Steppe was looking to give himself a little push in regards to recording his own personal podcast since he wasn’t recording it very often. That turned into a challenge for himself to record a show everyday for 30 days believing that after 30 days it would turn into a habit.

This year, the Dog Days of Podcasting Challenge is inviting more podcasters to get in on the action. It is intended to be a fun challenge. The information about the challenge says “you will not be shamed (too much) if you don’t record every 30 day.” The point is to have fun recording and listening to each other’s podcasts.

The start date is August 1, 2018. The end date is August 31, 2018. Participants are to post once a day for 30 days. The show length is up to each individual participant. The Dog Days of Podcasting Challenge website says most podcast episodes done as part of this challenge will vary from 3 to 5 minutes.

At the time I am writing this blog, the Sign Up form for the 2018 Dog Days of Podcasting Challenge is still accessible. It asks for some information about you, your podcast, and your social media where people can find you.


Stitcher has a Breakthrough Fellowship Program



Stitcher is beginning a Breakthrough Fellowship program for Fall 2018. Those who participate will be based in either Stitcher’s New York or Los Angeles offices. The fellowship will run for four months beginning in fall 2018. It is a full-time position and will pay $25 per hour pre-tax.

Stitcher is a pioneering podcasting network behind hit shows including Stranglers, Levar Burton Reads, Dear Franklin Jones, Unladylike, and The Sporkful.

We believe the podcast industry’s workforce should reflect society at large, in all its diversity. The Stitcher Breakthrough Fellowship is designed to help recruit diverse talent and promote inclusivity in podcasting. It will provide valuable industry experience and connections, close mentorship, published work for your CV, and the possibility of joining the team at Stitcher full time in the future.

During the fellowship, you will gain broad exposure to various stages of podcast production. Depending on your skills and interests, you could be matched with an existing show or new production, or you may be paired with the show development team to work on finding talent, piloting and launching new shows.

Stitcher is seeking applicants who identify as one or more underrepresented groups in podcasting. Areas of underrepresentation could include, but are not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender identity, religion, economic background, sexual orientation, age, and/or ability.

Interestingly, the Fellowship is not specifically aimed at college graduates. It is open to producers from any media, as well as journalists or writers who want to move into podcast, and other people specializing in audio or media. You should have at least 3 years of work experience.

For more information about the Stitcher Breakthrough Fellowship, including how to apply for it, you should visit the Scripps website where the position is posted.


Anchor Introduces the Anchor Podcast Lab



Anchor has introduced the Anchor Podcast Lab. Soon, any podcaster will be able to request a time in Anchor’s new quiet recording space in the heart of Manhattan. Anchor says it is 100% free.

Recently, some members of the Anchor team started piecing together a small, quiet recording area at Anchor HQ in New York City for recording podcasts. After recording a few episodes and hearing the results, we realized that this space might be useful for others, too. So we decided to open the space up to members of the local podcasting community too, and the Anchor Podcast Lab was born.

Here are some things to know about Anchor Podcast Lab:

  • It will be open for podcasters later this summer. You can sign up now to request a time. Someone from the Anchor team will get back to you to schedule your exact time (subject to availability) and share details about how to get started.
  • The Anchor Podcast Lab is completely free to use.
  • The Anchor Podcast Lab can get you set up with up to three high quality microphones, a quiet space to record, and an iPad running the latest version of Anchor.
  • If you prefer, you can bring your own computer and plug it directly into Anchor’s mixer. Once you are done recording, your files will be uploaded directly to your Anchor account to be edited or published from your home or office, or you can take them with you on you own SD card or hard drive.

Last Seen is a Podcast About an Art Heist



Last Seen is a podcast from WBUR and The Boston Globe. It is a true crime podcast about the most valuable – and confounding – art heist in history: the theft of 13 irreplaceable artworks from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

WBUR and The Boston Globe have joined forces to ask why, 28 years later, this still unsolved crime exerts its irresistible pull. With a $10 million reward on offer, how is it that not even a single piece in a haul estimated to be worth half a billion dollars has surfaced? Gone in 81 minutes, the Gardner loot – and the thieves who made off with it – remain at large.

Last Seen has first-ever interviews, unprecedented access, and over a year of investigative reporting. This podcast takes you inside the ongoing efforts to bring back the jewels of the Gardner collection.

There have been several true-crime podcasts, some of which have become extremely popular. Last Seen is the first I have heard of that focuses on an art heist. I think this podcast will attract the attention of those who enjoy true-crime podcasts and also those who are interested in art history.

Isabella Stewart Gardner was born in New York City on April 14, 1840. In 1860, at the age of twenty, she married Jack Gardner. They moved to Boston and settled into a house that was a wedding gift from Isabella’s father. Isabella and Jack visited Venice, and this inspired Isabella to create an art museum in Boston.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has some information about the theft of the paintings. It took place on March 18, 1990. The thieves took 13 pieces of art including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Manet, and Degas. It only took them 81 minutes. You can view images of the stolen works of art on the museum website.